NCAM is a student organization that promotes healthy living and maintenance through education on nutrition, complementary, alternative and integrative medicine at UCLA.
Nutrition, Complementary, and Alternative Medicine (NCAM) is a student group at UCLA that strives to raise student awareness for evidence-based, integrative, and whole-person approaches to medicine and health. NCAM encourages students to know about our current medical system, methods of self-care, and healing ideologies, and to learn from those across cultures. We also provide a forum to learn, experience, share and explore topics in nutrition, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), Integrative Medicine (IM), and wellness. We aim to build a community of students interested in these topics and to connect this community with networks of professionals in their respective fields. The healthcare paradigm we support is one which is characterized not only by the elimination of disease, but by interprofessionalism, health promotion, prevention, and person-oriented care.
The goals of NCAM:
1. To foster a community of students who are interested in nutrition, CAM, IM, and wellness
2. To provide an interactive forum for learning about and exploring practices in nutrition, CAM, IM, and wellness
3. To promote and share ways to maintain health
4. To spread awareness & understanding of the different concepts, evidence-bases, and cultural perspectives in the fields of nutrition, CAM, IM, and wellness
5. To invite professionals from various areas of nutrition, CAM, IM, and wellness to share their expertise and experiences, and to provide students opportunities to interact with them.
6. To introduce educational, research, clinical, and career opportunities in the fields of nutrition, CAM, IM, and wellness
7. To help students hone their skills in leadership, teamwork, event planning, interviewing, and more
For UCLA students: Our activities include guest lectures, self-care and cooking workshops, an Integrative Medicine Conference, high school outreach promoting IM, acupuncture shadowing at Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine, and networking with the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine (CEWM) and Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine (CCIM).